An early look at the 2012 local elections

01/23/2012 1:20 PM by

This year Richmonders will be voting at the local level for city council, school board, and mayor. Candidates have until summer to officially get on the ballot; here is a look at where we start off 2012…

The East End is the 7th District (along with most of Shockoe Slip and Tobacco Row). Most everything west of Mechanicsville Turnpike is in the 6th District.


Four years ago, Dwight Jones garnered 39% of the city-wide vote in a split 5 person race to see who would follow Doug Wilder as mayor of Richmond. Bill Pantele rolled up 2nd with 33%, trailed by Robert Grey at 21%. Paul Goldman, Lawrence Williams, and Write-in split the remaining 7% of the vote.

In 2008, Jones grabbed 57% of the 7th District vote in the mayoral contest. Grey brought up 2nd place with 19%.

Mayor Jones has not announced that he will be seeking re-election in 2012, but he has a lot of money on hand and is acting like he will be in the running. No other candidates have yet surfaced.


Council Representative Delores McQuinn held her office in 2008 by taking 79% of the vote. Betty Squire was appointed on February 9, 2009, by City Council to fill the Seventh District seat following the resignation of Delores L. McQuinn after being elected to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates. Cynthia Newbille won election to the City Council seat in November 2009 with 52% of the vote in a 6-person race.

Donald Coleman took 66% of the vote in a 3-way race for the School Board seat.


Council Representative Ellen Robertson ran unopposed in 2008. Chandra Smith took 58% of the vote in the contest with Art Burton for the School Board seat. Chandra Smith might not be running in 2012.

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